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Poster: morst Date: Feb 6, 2006 6:16am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: importing to itunes

To answer your question directly is difficult- will YOU hear a difference between lossless and high-rate lossy? I don't know what you are playing it back with, and I don't know if you have sensitive ears. I personally feel that cutting AAC's higher than 128K is not necessary, and that an AAC at 128 sounds about the same as a good MP3 at 160 or higher. I also do not confuse the lossy files that I play in my iTunes with lossless filesets or CD's made from the lossless source.

I guess it really depends on what you want to do.

When I download lossless files, I archive those on DVD-R along with the .txt, .MD5 & .FFP files. In order to get these into iTunes, I decompress them and then use iTunes to make lossy versions just for playback. If I want to burn CD's (which I do less and less of), I can burn directly from FLAC files, or decode the SHN's and go. An exception to this is with very well-circulated shows- If I am burning CD's anyway, and I think a show will be in the CDDB (internet database which many applications use to find song title info) then I will burn first and extract the newly made CD after iTunes fills in the track titles. That way iTunes will know the song names and not just cvb2003-01-19d1t01.

With a 5GB portable player, you won't have much room for lossless. The question is whether you want to download the full-quality versions and save them somewhere, or if you would be happy with pre-made lossy derivatives which are much faster to download? If you don't collect lossless filesets, you will probably want to simply get the pre-made VBR MP3's. One other nice thing about the MP3 derivations is that they should have the ID3 tags set properly so that when you bring them into your favorite media player they will show artist, track title, year, track number, disc number etc.